Manchester United defender Millie Turner continues to progress ‘really well’ in her ongoing recovery from a problem with an artery in her neck, but the club remains in no rush to get her back into competitive action.
Turner was ruled out for an indefinite period in January when the issue was discovered. She has been successfully treated and has been involved in non-contact aspects of training with the rest of the United squad for some time, but caution is still being exercised over the next and final step.
"Millie is doing really well and progressing with her rehab. That takes time," assistant manager Martin Ho confirmed ahead of the club’s WSL clash with Aston Villa this weekend.
"She’s moving along nicely now. But what you can’t do with those sorts of injuries is rush anything, because you’ve got a really serious injury in terms of what it is."
In February, manager Marc Skinner confirmed Turner was ‘way past the worst’ of the artery problem and was working hard at maintaining her fitness in between regular scans.
Despite her continued absence from matchday squads in recent months, Turner has remained an important figure at the club. She is one of United’s senior players and will often be out on the pitch with her teammates during pre-match warm-ups.
"You can she’s massive in terms of supporting the girls and she’s at all the games," Ho added.
"She’s out on the training pitch with us too. But Millie needs time, which is the important part with her injury now to heal and move forward."
Ahead of facing Villa in what is the first of three crucial remaining WSL fixtures for United in the hunt for Champions League qualification, the squad is otherwise in good shape. Diane Caldwell, Lucy Staniforth and Kirsty Smith are all fit to return after recent injury layoffs.
Alongside Turner, fellow centre-back Aoife Mannion remains a longer-term absentee as she continues rehabilitation from successful ACL surgery last month.